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How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties?

    How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties?

Last December, Law Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, visited the United States at the invitation of the federal government to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens. Several CounterPunch articles have provided excellent summaries of…

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UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus

    UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus

GHOUTA, SYRIA — On February 20, from Amman, Jordan, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, issued a statement of “outrage” titled: “The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus.” The “statement” — consisting of blank lines with the preface “No words…

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Poverty: American Style

    Poverty: American Style

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.’s poorest neighborhoods.   Alston, the author of the quoted phrase in the excerpt, is an Australian who is a professor of law at New York University.  During his…

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